Talking of groups with no nice QB plan, let’s have a look at New Orleans. To recap: the legendary Drew Brees might be retiring; the one incumbent choice, Taysom Hill, traces up extra at tight finish than underneath middle; and Jameis Winston, a hopeful free-agent returnee, final began in 2019 and threw 30 interceptions that 12 months.
Winston’s former workforce was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated the Saints within the playoffs and wound up successful Tremendous Bowl LV led by Tom Brady.
New Orleans is having to make a dizzying variety of salary-cap maneuvers simply to return most of its core from final season. It’s in all probability unimaginable to convey everybody again, and even with all that, essentially the most important place on the sector stays very a lot unsettled.
Whether or not it’s Hill or Winston, there are critical drawbacks to both choice. Each are far worse than Brady and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, who’re two of the opposite star passers within the NFC South. The Carolina Panthers even have cap area and the upper draft picks to both purchase a veteran improve or transfer up within the draft for a brand new younger stud.
If the Falcons present even a modicum of enchancment on protection, Carolina will get its anticipated enhance at QB and the Bucs maintain their championship nucleus in place, the Saints are in hassle. All these outcomes appear extra possible than New Orleans getting a Professional Bowl-caliber 2021 out of Hill or Winston.
It wouldn’t take a lot to go fallacious because the Saints’ present quarterback scenario stands for the workforce to fall from 12-4 division champs to 6-10 non-playoff contender.
Take a look at a few of New Orleans’ 2020 wins: a 27-13 victory over San Francisco through which Brees threw for 76 yards. A 31-3 romp over Denver whereby Hill was the sport’s main passer with 78 yards and the Broncos accomplished only one throw with apply squad receiver Kendall Hinton pressed into responsibility.
We’ll maintain going: one-possession W’s in Weeks 4 and 5 over Detroit and the Los Angeles Chargers, each of whom fired their coaches, and consecutive three-point triumphs over Carolina and Chicago off a Week 6 bye.
Credit score is due partially to the Saints for taking good care of enterprise in opposition to groups they have been imagined to beat. Nevertheless, there are sufficient purple flags there to counsel this factor may go south in a rush.